A student who is enrolled in a graduate certificate program is required to submit to the Graduate College a Proposed Plan of Study for a Graduate Certificate (PPSGC) form. This form is the result of academic planning done by the student and his or her advisor and lists the courses proposed by the student to fulfill the total credit requirement for a certificate as defined in a particular annual edition of the graduate catalog. Once the student submits the form, it is reviewed by the Graduate Program Coordinator or designee. If approved, it is reviewed by the Graduate College. If the PPSGC is approved by the Graduate College, email notifications are sent to the graduate program and the student (using the student’s Boise State email address, according to Boise State policy #2280).
Students should submit the PPSGC form to the Graduate College shortly after admission to the certificate program (for certificates that can be completed in one or two semesters) or in the semester in which they expect to meet at least one half (1/2) of the total credit requirement for the certificate (if they anticipate spending more than two semesters to complete the certificate). If any deficiencies are found in the list of courses on the PPSGC form, the Graduate College notifies the student and the graduate program and helps find acceptable remedies. The Graduate College cannot guarantee that these remedies will not delay progress toward the certificate. It is therefore in a student’s best interest to submit the PPSGC form in a timely manner. Students are notified once the PPSGC form is approved by the Graduate College. A change in an approved PPSGC, such as in the case where a course is no longer available, can be requested by submitting a Request for Adjustment of Academic Requirements form.